New York City Viola Teachers
Nathan Kamal is a Philadelphia-born, New York-based violinist, violist, and composer. Versed in both classical and jazz technique, he spent his early training immersed in Philadelphia's rich classical and jazz music communities, studying with John Blake, a forefather of jazz violin. After moving to New York City he continued his studies at the New School, where he earned degrees in Jazz and Contemporary Music and Literary Studies. He has worked as a private violin teacher, and as a music-theory tutor for students in New York City and Philadelphia. He has taught children and adult students and embraces the challenges that each age group presents. He performs frequently in New York City with his improvising/mixed-repertoire string quartet, Stratus Quartet, and has played in concert at the Bern International Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, Northside Festival Williamsburg Walks, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
A core element of Nathan's pedagogy is teaching not only from a technical perspective, but also from a theoretical and expressive one. Nathan believes that teaching students to internalize melodies and harmonies early in their musical training deepens their ability to hear and perform. Students studying classical repertoire with Nathan receive a practice checklist at the end of each lesson with a summary of topics covered during the session and list of etudes and exercises to isolate specific technical issues. This goal-oriented approach is rooted in his belief that carefully structuring practice sessions is at the core of cultivating progress. If a student is interested in improvisation, jazz, or pop music, Nathan offers in-depth instruction about creative violin techniques like improvising over chord changes, chopping, and other percussive tools.